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Awards & Honors

Prof. Anurag Agrawal

Year 2023: Fondation Botnar International grant for Digital Transformation for Health

Year 2022: Fellow, National Academy of Medical Sciences 


Prof. LS Shashidhara

Year 2019: Elected as President of Internal Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS)

Year 2023: Invited to charge as the Director of National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS-TIFR), Bangalore


Prof. Gautam Menon 

Year 2023: Commissioner, Lancet Commission, ‚ÄúStrengthening the Usefulness of Epidemiological Modelling‚ÄĚ

Year 2022: Editorial Board, PLoS Global Health

Year 2021: Co-Chair, Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance Early Career Fellowship Selection Committee

Year 2020: Member, Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Selection Committee (Co-Chair: 2022)

Year 2023: Tankhawale Endowment Lecture, Nagpur University

Year 2022: Cockroft-Walton Lecture, Indian Physics Association & Institute of Physics, UK

Year 2023: Member, Inter-Academy Panel for Women in STEMM (IAP-WiSTEMM)

Year 2021: Member of the Jury, India Science Festival

Year 2021: Member, CII Task force “Mission on Health”

Year 2021: Member, State Epidemiological Committee on COVID-19, Andhra Pradesh


Dr. Kasturi Mitra

Year 2021 (awarded): DBT-WellcomeTrust India Alliance Senior Fellowship

Achievements of the Lab Members:

  • Swati Agarwala:¬†
    • DBT-RA fellowship (Year 2023)
  • Bharti Golchha:¬†
    • DBT-JRF fellowship (Awarded Year 2022)

Dr. Imroze Khan

Year 2017: Early Career Research Award, SERB-DST

Year 2021: DBT-Wellcome Trust India Alliance Intermediate Fellowship

Guest Editor of eLife 

Editorial Board Member of Journal of Genetics

Associate Editor of Journal of Evolutionary Biology

Achievements of the Lab Members:

  • Dipendra Nath Basu:¬†
    • Simons-Ashoka Early Career Fellowship (Year 2023)
  • Basabi Bagchi:¬†
    • DFG travel grant to attend the Ecological Immunology Workshop held at Blossin, Germany (Year 2022)
    • Featured on the Naturalist Selection an interview series produced by the American Society of Naturalist Graduate Council (Year 2022)
    • Best poster prize at the first conference of the Indian society of evolutionary Biologists held at JNCASR, Bangalore (Year 2019)
    • Best poster prize at the Understanding Behaviour Conference held at IISER Kolkata (Year 2019)¬†
    • Received NIH outstanding investigator MIRA award and NSF Career award as Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Montana (Year 2023)
  • Srijan Seal:¬†
    • Best poster prize at the 4th International conference of the Indian Society of Evolutionary Biologists held in Ahmedabad (Year 2023)¬†
    • International travel grant by European Society of Evolutionary Biologists to present in ESEB 2022 held in Prague (Year 2022)
    • First candidate from India to win RC Lewontin‚Äôs Early Career Research Grant by Society for Study of Evolution (one of the apex Evolutionary biology societies in the world) (Year 2020).
  • Biswajit Shit:¬†
    • DST-INSPIRE Ph.D. fellowship (Year 2023)
    • DST-SERB travel grant (International Travel Scheme) to attend Ecological immunology workshop held at Blossin, Germany (Year 2022)
    • Travel Grant by Indian Society for Evolutionary Biology (ISEB) to attend the conference organized by ISEB held at Punjabi University, Patiala (Year 2022).
  • Devashuvam Banerji:¬†
    • Recipient of MEME, Erasmus Mundus Fellowship to pursue Masters in Evolutionary Biology (Year 2022)
  • Manasven Raina:¬†
    • Recipient of MEME, Erasmus Mundus Fellowship to pursue Masters in Evolutionary Biology (Year 2021)
  • Tanmay Singh:¬†
    • Recipient of MEME, Erasmus Mundus Fellowship to pursue Masters in Evolutionary Biology (Year 2023)
  • Aryan Ramachandran:¬†
    • Recipient of MEME, Erasmus Mundus Fellowship to pursue Masters in Evolutionary Biology (Year 2023)
    • Best Poster award at Ashoka University Science Fest (Year 2023)
  • Devashis Kumar:¬†
    • CSIR-NET Fellowship (Year 2018)
  • Saubhik Sarkar:¬†
    • CSIR-NET Fellowship (Year 2017)
  • Arun Prakash:¬†
    • Recipient of Darwin Trust PhD Fellowship as Project Assistant to join the University of Edinburgh (Year 2017).

Dr. Anup Padmanabhan 

Year 2019: DBT-Wellcome Trust India Alliance Intermediate Fellowship

Member of Faculty of 1000

Member of American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)

Member of Indian Society of Cell Biology

Member of Singapore Stem Cell Society


Dr. Shubhasis Haldar

Year 2019: Ratna Phadke award by Indian Biophysical Society for outstanding contribution to Indian biophysics under 35 years of age.

Year 2019: Core Research Grant from SERB, DST.

Year 2022: Cancer Disease Biology Grant from DBT.

Year 2023: International Travel Scheme Grant from SERB-DST

Year 2018: DBT India Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship

Selected for Editorial Advisory Board of Biochemistry (American Chemical Society)

Achievements of the Lab Members:

  • Soham Chakraborty:¬†
    • Best poster presentation award in Indian Biophysical Society (IBS) conference in NCBS-TIFR.

Dr. Shivani Krishna

Year 2020: DST-SERB Core Research Grant


Dr. Balaji Chattopadhyay

Year 2022: DST-SERB Research Grant

Year 2022: Travel award to attend the 19th International Bat Research Conference and GBatNet (Global Union of Bat Diversity Networks) meeting

Co-lead: Global Union of Bat Diversity Networks

Achievements of the Lab Members:

  • Ratnesh Karjee:
    • Scholarship to attend online Winter School Workshop on ‚ÄėConservation Genetics on Tropics Courses‚Äô hosted by Estaci√≥n Biol√≥gica de Do√Īana (Year 2022)
    • Invited as resource person for one-day online workshop on Remote Sensing- Geographic Information System and its Applications using QGIS at Centurion University of Technology & Management, Bhubaneswar (Year 2023)
  • Kirnalee Patel:¬†
    • CSIR-UGC JRF Fellowship (Year 2020)
  • Kaushik Narayanan:
    • Idea Wild Equipment grant (Year 2023)
    • iDiv International Travel Grant (Year 2022)
  • Prisha Tiwari:
    • Partial Scholarship for Master‚Äôs program in Duke University, Columbia University and University of Michigan

Dr. Kasturi Pal

Year 2020: DBT India Ramalingaswami Fellowship

Year 2021: DBT research grant

Achievements of the Lab Members:

  • Abhijit Sreepada:¬†
    • Recipient of Erasmus Mundus Fellowship to pursue Masters program in Innovative Medicine (Year 2021)
  • Priyadatha Sajan:¬†
    • Recipient of Erasmus Mundus Fellowship to pursue Masters program in Innovative Medicine (Year 2023)¬†

Dr. Sougata Roy

Year 2019: DST SERB-SRG

Year 2020: DST SERB-CRG

Year 2022: Research Grant by Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES)

Year 2022: DBT research grant


Dr. Sudipta Tung

Year 2021: INSA Medal for Young Scientists

Year 2019 (awarded): DBT-Wellcome Trust India Alliance Early Career Fellowship

Achievements of the Lab Members:

  • Chandrakanth M:¬†
    • Received ISEB (Indian Society for Evolutionary Biologist) Student Grant for attending ISEB 3-Insect Systematics and Evolutionary Biology International Conference. (Year 2022)
    • Qualified DBT JRF under Category-1 (Year 2022)¬†
  • Ruchitha BG:¬†
    • Best Poster award in ISEB (Indian Society for Evolutionary Biologist) 3- Systematics and Evolutionary Biology International Conference. (Year 2022)
  • Akhila Mudunuri:¬†
    • Selected for PhD position at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior in Germany (Year 2022)

Dr. Kritika Garg

Year 2021: DBT Ramalingaswami Fellowship

Year 2020: Ramanujan Fellowship  

Year 2022: DBT research grant

Achievements of the Lab Members: 

  • Tennison Gurumayum:¬†
    • Travel grant to attend ‚ÄėSERB-DST funded Karyashala Workshop Application: Thinking Ecology Quantitatively‚Äô held at CES, IISc, Bengaluru (Year 2022)
    • Scholarship to attend ‚ÄėConservation genetics in the tropics‚Äô hosted by the Estaci√≥n Biol√≥gica de Do√Īana, Spain (Year 2022)

Dr. Krishna Venkata Melnattur 

Year 2021: DBT Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship

Year 2023: DST SERB Core Research Grant

Member of the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Neuroscience and Frontiers in Sleep


Dr. Laasya Samhita

Year 2023: SMBE (Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution) regional meeting International award, received jointly with Dr. Shraddha Karve, Faculty Fellow, Ashoka University, to organize a regional meeting in India


Dr. Bittu Kaveri Rajaraman

Year (2013-2018): DST INSPIRE Faculty Awardee

Year 2016: Developing Neuroethology Award 

Year 2020: DST-SERB Core Research Grant

Year 2023: India Bioscience Outreach grant

Achievements of the Lab Members:

  • Aarini Ghosh:¬†
    • Equipment and student travel grant by Project Tiger India, Wildlife Institute of India, at 1st Indian Conservation Conference¬†(Year 2023)
    • Travel grant from the¬†British Ecological Society¬†(Year 2022).
    • Selected for¬†the Acoustic Communication Summer program, at the Southern University of Denmark (Year 2022).
  • ¬†Abhishek Singh
    • Awarded a travel grant to attend The Third International Student Symposium on Animal Behavior and Cognition going to be held at UNAM, Mexico (Year 2023)
  • ¬†Manasa Veluvali:
    • Recipient of Felix Fellowship to pursue Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Reading (Year 2022)
  • Tanmay Singh:
    • Recipient of India Science Forum grant for work on diversity in the sciences along with Bittu K R and Reena Gupta.
  • Aniruddha Methi:
    • Recipient of Global-MINDS Erasmus Mundus Fellowship for Masters in the Psychology of Global Mobility, Inclusion and Diversity in Society (Year 2023).¬†
  • Shubhi Pal:
    • Recipient of Neurasmus Mundus Fellowship, or Erasmus Mundus for Joint Master Program in Neuroscience (M.Sc.) (Year 2023).
    • Member, International Society for Neuroethology

Institutional Interdisciplinary Research Grant

Year 2023: DST PURSE 2022 grant

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